Wolfpack Defeats Syracuse 4-3 to Open ACC Play
Feb. 21, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 46 NC State women’s tennis team ran its record to a perfect 6-0 on the year with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Syracuse Orange in the ACC opener for both teams on Friday at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
With State clinging to a 3-2 lead and her teammates cheering her on from the stands, Nicole Martinez won the match-clinching point for the Wolfpack with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5 singles win over Valeria Salazar from the No. 3 singles position. After falling behind 5-3 in the third and deciding set, Martinez reeled off four straight points to capture the match over Salazar and keep the Pack’s perfect record intact.
Prior to Martinez’s heroics, Joelle Kissell made quick work of Amanda Rogers, 6-4, 6-0 from the top spot in the order while Elisha Hande ran her singles record to 5-0 on the year with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Breanna Bachini, accounting for the Wolfpack’s other two singles victories versus the Orange.
In State's three other singles matches, Liza Fieldsend, Sophie Nelson and Rachael James-Baker each lost for the first time this season. Fieldsend fell to Syracuse’s Rhiann Newborn, 7-6 (12-10), 4-6, 6-7 (0-7) from the No. 4 spot in the order, while Nelson dropped a 3-6, 7-5, 0-6 decision to Komal Safdar at No. 6 singles. James-Baker saw her five-match winning streak end with a 6-7 (5-7), 2-6 loss to Maddie Koblet.
In doubles action, Fieldsend and James-Baker captured six of the last seven points of their match, including five straight at one point, to defeat Newborn and Bachini, 8-4. From there, Kissell and Nelson clinched the doubles point for the Pack with an 8-6 victory over Rogers and Safdar from the No. 2 spot in the order. Hande and Martinez dropped their first decision of the season, 8-5, to Koblet and Salazar.
For its next match, NC State (6-0, 1-0 ACC) will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on No. 6 UNC this Sunday, Feb. 23. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
#46 NC State 4, Syracuse 3